Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LWSD news: artwork, inspiring teachers, park clean-up, planting school habitat

News from the Schools – April 24, 2012 

Redmond High School artwork places first in Holocaust Art Contest
Einstein Elementary Evironmental Club planted 43 native species to build school yard habitat.
Redmond High School teacher, Peter Saxby selected "Inspirational Teacher."
Northstar Elementary students raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma
LWHS students honored at Kirkland Volunteer Appreciation event.

Planting Day: Einstein Elementary: School Yard Habitat.  On April 12, students from the Einstein Elementary Environmental Club, The Green Teams, planted 43 native species to build the Einstein Elementary School Yard Habitat (SYH). Students planted 10 Bald Hip Rose, 10 Snowberry, 10 Salmonberry, 4 Red-osier Dogwood, 5 Beaked Hazelnut, and 4 Pacific Ninebark. Read More >>

Thirty students from grades four through six participated in a sequence of academic lessons to prepare for  this culminating event. Students learned about plant and animal species that are native to a forested wetlands habitat and the conditions needed to support this type of environment. Student also learned about the importance of protecting our natural watersheds. The purpose of the habitat is to encourage environmental stewardship and will function to restore the forested wetland to its natural state.

The planning, preparations and planting process involves students at Einstein and Redmond High School, parents, and members of the Redmond community. Funding for the SYH was provided by the Discuren Foundation, Nature Vision and the Einstein PTSA. Support and collaboration for this project was sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the City of Redmond, and Redmond Wild.  Now that the school year habitat is complete, the space will also function as an outdoor classroom for all grade levels.

Redmond High School teacher selected as an “Inspirational Teacher” Redmond High School teacher Peter Saxby has been selected as an Inspirational Teacher by two University of Washington (UW) Computer Science & Engineering undergraduate students. Over the last two years, UW has asked their students about their most inspirational high school or community college teachers from any discipline. This year, Atanas Kirilov and Rishi Goutam told UW about Peter Saxby.

Here is what these two students wrote: “Mr. Saxby made AP Physics the most enjoyable class I have ever taken. His extensive knowledge and ability to explain concepts concisely made the material easy to learn, while his demonstrations and clever jokes made it memorable to everyone. Not only that, but he managed to connect well with every student and to involve everyone in his classroom activities." - Atanas Kirilov"Saxby was great, not only for his amusing (and colorful) stories, but because he took an approach to physics that is hard to match. In addition to great lectures, we had well-planned labs that really gave us a grasp of the material. We worked with trebuchets, rockets, cars, and a host of other objects that added much to a class." - Rishi Goutam

To thank Peter for his outstanding work with students, he has been invited to attend a 2012 Inspirational Teachers celebration on Thursday, May 10. At this reception and dinner, Peter and one guest will meet UW faculty, staff, and students, as well as other teachers.

Northstar Junior High raises money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Northstar Junior High’s small school of 90 students raised $3080.60 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” program. That’s an average of over $30 per student. As a result, the society is honoring them with a school-wide pizza party, courtesy of the local Domino’s Pizza.

Several LWHS students honored at Kirkland Volunteer Appreciation Event. The city of Kirkland held a Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 19. Lake Washington High School’s Honors Society and Key Club were honored for all of their volunteering at park clean-ups. Hunter Duryee was specifically honored to receive it (though he couldn't make it) as an officer in both clubs and an organizer of the volunteers. Nick Strand was also invited because he has been to almost every park clean-up for a number of years.

Kathryn Reith, Director of Communications, (425) 936-1342
Shannon Parthemer, Community Relations & Communications Coordinator, (425) 936-1300

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